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I have a C3 twice now it wont start after a short trip. after 1hr cool down it starts

Old 05-17-2018, 11:50 AM
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C3 22K miles
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:56 AM
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Starter not doing anything? Do you have headers? Is it just cranking?

This is the c4 section btw...

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Originally Posted by Magic 1979 View Post
C3 22K miles
way too little info for help.

suggested move to C3 section, anyway.
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Take coil wire off and see if it has oil on it.

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starter going bad,or overheating

try driving it to get hot [bring a gal jug of water with],and if it doesn't start,try pouring a 1/2 a gal of water on it to cool it off,then see if it starts,,
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Does it crank over? Or does it do nothing when you turn the key? A little more info would be good.
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had that problem many years ago, after i installed headers. that little inline resistor at the starter was failing after it got hot. spliced in a new one and no more issues.
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Classic heat soak. Is the stock starter shield in place?
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Do you have HEI?
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crank=starter spinning.
start=engine runs
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Do you smell gas after a few minutes? My carburetor floods and it takes a lot to start it for that 20-40 minute window.
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C3 22K miles

Hamster's leg caught in the wheel?
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Very very common.

My understanding is that the two main sources of this problem are: overheated starter (starter doesn't even attempt to roll over) and overheated carb.

-Insulation around the starter helps with the 1st problem; insulating carb spacer solves the 2nd.

-I had this happen to my car once in midwest heat 2 summers ago; mine was the starter overheating.

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Starter, used to carry 2x4 to give it a few love taps
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